All the Ways to Here by Emily O’Beirne

Every time I pick up an Emily O’Beirne book I am spellbound on how she delivers amazing storylines, dazzling dialogue, and characters that you treasure long after the last page is turned.

Emily O’Beirne is the very best at what she does for a variety of reasons. Each book captivates me. Her characters are so developed you feel as if you personally know them. Their dialogue sounds and feels real. To me, dialogue is the make it or break it for a book. You can either write it or you can’t. To make it flow and feel real the whole way through, that takes a mega amount of skill, and this is a skill O’Beirne has in spades.

There are two authors that stand at the very top of this genre. Every single one of their books is fabulous. O’Beirne is one of the two. Am I biased? Yeah, I guess I am for the fact that I know when I open one of her books that I am going to be blown away by its awesomeness. I could read one of her books every single month and it still wouldn’t be enough. She writes the kind of books that you want to finish just so you can re-read it. Finish that baby and start right back at it again.

If you read Future Leaders of Nowhere and adored it as much as I did, this one is for you. Willa and Finn are back navigating the waters of demanding school work, home life, and their new relationship. What a great read, but even more so what amazing characters. Once again Emily O’Beirne steals your heart with another beautiful read.

5 out of 5 stars

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The Sum of These Things (A Story of Now #2) by Emily O’Beirne

Do you know that feeling where you totally excited but kind of terrified at the same time. Kind of like the start of a marathon you’ve been training months for, you know it’s going to be fine, but you really want that great finish. That is how I felt a few days ago when I started Emily O’Beirne’s newest book The Sum of These Things (A Story of Now #2). I absolutely adored her first book, A Story of Now. It unexpectedly stole my heart, and became one of my absolute favorite books. So, you can see how a sequel to one of your favorites is going to be either a renewal of you love or an utter disappointment. Well, I can honestly say Emily O’Beirne did a number on my heart again, everything, and I mean everything about this book was spectacular.

Mia and Claire are two amazing characters. They are so different from each other, and yet their relationship so spectacularly works. Each of them has her own character flaws, and it is the others strength. In the last book (pause if you have not read the last one, go get it now, read this later!), we saw how Mia wavered with her sexuality, second guessing Claire’s interest in her and finally making that giant leap of faith and getting the girl. Claire was the strong one, while never being in a relationship with another girl, she didn’t make a big fuss about it, and it wasn’t a huge deal to her. She liked Mia romantically and that was enough. In this latest book, Mia is the quiet strength of the duo.

While the romance is alive and well between Claire and Mia, life tends to get in the way of that all-consuming love. Claire goes from being super slacker to being right on the cusp of getting her life in order. She is applying herself in regards to figuring out who Claire wants to be. She tends bar to have a cash flow, but she has begun volunteering at a community center for kids as well. Her days are filled with playgrounds and grant writing, and her nights filled with slinging booze. While Claire is running ragged, Mia has much more free time before she begins her medical studies. Here is where the conflict of the book lies.

Mia’s freedom is where Claire’s insecurities find a foothold. Claire is confident in who she is, but she also has insecurities. In her mind she often questions, “Is she enough for someone”? Her mother’s constant slights over time have worn her down, and her failed past relationship with Brendan has made her take pause when Mia begins to flourish socially. She begins to question her worthiness.

The conflict is understandable and relatable, and the dialogue is what makes this book flat out amazing. In my opinion, Emily O’Beirne does dialogue and character development with the best of the best. The interactions between the characters are the highlights of the book. The dialogue is how real people talk, whether they’re flirting, romancing or fighting, it is just good! Tying it back to my marathon analogy, Ms. O’Beirne would have totally qualified for Boston with this book. Happy reading!

5 out of 5 stars

  • Publisher: Ylva Publishing
  • ylvapublishing.co.uk

The Sum of These Things (A Story of Now Series Book 2)
by Emily O’Beirne
Amazon Link: http://amzn.com/B018SS4HAO

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A Story of Now by Emily O’Beirne

Our protagonist is Claire a 21 year old Australian college student. Claire lives at home with her disapproving mother and workaholic father.  Claire’s parents push her to become a lawyer following in the family footsteps. She of course has zero desire to do want her parents want her to do. Claire is super cool and refreshingly self-aware. She’s judgy, brash, unapologetic, kind and confident in who she is. Claire knows she is operating well below her potential, and she aware she is meant to do something greater, she just can’t get motivated to choose another path.

Enter Mia, our other main character. Mia is everything Claire is not. She is studious, super focused, she is soft spoken, shy, geeky, and like Claire very lovable.

The two girls have an instant friend connection. Their friendship is witty and fun. As story evolves and our characters are fleshed out and we begin to see a shift in dynamics. Claire and Mia begin to figure themselves out on different levels. Mia struggling with her sexuality, and Claire easily sliding into hers, upon her self discovery of  her romantic feelings toward Mia. A drunken kiss, changes everything!

This is a fantastic read. Great character development! The journey is a good one. As the reader you never you feel like their is a rush to get somewhere with these characters. There is depth in the storytelling and it’s wonderful. Emily O’Beirne knocked it out of the park.  Buy the book, and wait impatiently with me counting down the days to the next one.

5 out of 5 stars.

A Story of Now by Emily O’Beirne
Publisher: Ylva Publishing                                                                                      http://amzn.com/B010GEIYDO or ylva-puplishing.com